Andrea Coulson

Dr, Reader in Accounting and Director of Knowledge Exchange Department of Accounting and Finance

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Social and Environmental Accounting, Accounting for Risk, Accounting for Water, Stranded Assets, Multiple Capitals, Water Poverty, Living Wage.


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Personal profile

Personal Statement

My research and teaching interests include social and environmental accounting and accounting for risk. At a theoretical level I have a special interest in exploring the notion of multiple capitals and theories of value, in particular through interdisciplinary research. I apply my research to empirical investigations of social welfare, protection of human rights and engagement on environmental risk and 'materiality' thresholds for climate adaptation. I have over fifteeen years experience of working with the financial services sector on perceptions of social and environmental risks and valuations. My research and knowledge exchange activities are a direct input into my teaching and are reflected in my classes on Accounting for Risk, Accounting and Sustainability and Research Methodologies. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Durham

External positions

Member Global Living Wage Steering Group, Citizens Uk on behalf of the Living Wage Foundation

2017 → …

Member Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Leadership Group, Scottish Living Wage Campaign

2017 → …

Chair Global Forum on Sustainability, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Jun 2010Apr 2015

Membership Global Forum on Sustainability, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Dec 1999 → …


  • Social and Environmental Accounting
  • Sustainability
  • Living Wage
  • Multiple Capitals
  • Risk
  • SDGs

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Business case for paying a Living Wage: case evidence of Place-based approaches

Coulson, A. & Butcher, D.


Project: Internally funded project

SEPA & UNEP FI Scottish Low Carbon Energy Investment, Chair Impact Hub Working Group

Coulson, A.


Project: Knowledge Exchange (Conference / Seminar Hosting)

Research Output

Open Access
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    Stranded assets as a key concept to guide investment strategies for sustainable development goal 6

    Kalin, R. M., Mwanamveka, J., Coulson, A. B., Robertson, D. J. C., Clark, H., Rathjen, J. & Rivett, M. O., 5 Apr 2019, In : Water. 11, 4, 13 p., 702.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    19 Downloads (Pure)


    A critical contextual analysis of academic performance measurement : a Chinese case

    Author: Li, Y., 29 May 2015

    Supervisor: Cooper, C. (Supervisor) & Coulson, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    A critical investigation of the exercise of power embedded into performance measurement systems in the higher education sector

    Author: Wu, J., 3 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Coulson, A. (Supervisor) & Cooper, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Scottish SDG Reporting Working Group Meeting - People and Prosperity,

    Andrea Coulson (Participant)
    10 Dec 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    SEPA & UNEP FI Scottish Low Carbon Energy Investment Roundtable Two

    Andrea Coulson (Participant)
    7 Nov 201831 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences


    Living Wage Employers: evidence of UK Business Cases

    Andrea Coulson (Main contact)

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Policy and legislation